The Back to School Bash, Austin ISD’s annual event that offers free backpacks to about 4,500 students as well as health screenings and resource information, will take place Saturday from noon-3 p.m. at the Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. Free transportation will also be offered.

This year roughly 150 local community organizations and district departments will participate in the event, providing information about the upcoming school year and resources for students.

Free Back to School Bash services for AISD students include:

  • backpacks and school supplies while supplies last;

  • haircuts;

  • health and wellness screening;

  • eye exams;

  • car booster seats; and

  • informational about school safety and resources.

According to AISD, a student must be present to receive a backpack or supplies, and there is a limit of one bag per student.

AISD offers free shuttle service to the event from eight district schools—Bedichek Middle, Covington Middle, Guerrero Thompson Elementary, Lanier High, Martin Middle, Mendez Middle, Reagan High and Summitt Elementary. Shuttles will pick up participants every 30-45 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Free CapMetro rides will also be offered to those heading to the event on routes near 10 district schools—Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Bedichek Middle, Harris Elementary, Lamar Middle, LBJ Early College High, Lee Elementary, McCallum High, Mendez Middle, Reagan Early College High and St. Elmo Elementary.